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SAINT PAUL, Minn. (CAP) - As the country gears up for Minnesota's first Republican National Convention since 1892, buzz throughout the Twin Cities is centering around the unlikely celebrities who will be appearing on the last day of the event. Chinese Olympic gymnasts He Kexin and Yang Yilin will take center stage alongside John McCain as he accepts his party's nomination.
"We'd been looking for that one thing that says, Here come the Republicans!" Sen. Norm Coleman (R-MN) told CAP News. "And nothing says winner like the performance those girls put on at the Olympics. It's that winning image we want right beside our man McCain."
Coleman, who used his influence on the Committee on Foreign Relations to bring the girls to America, said the plan is to have Kexin and Yilin flank the Arizona senator when he gives his speech. Between the height difference and McCain standing on a slightly elevated platform, Coleman said the subliminal message to viewers will be that of John McCain as a gold medalist.
The play is simply another piece of the Republican party's Olympics-themed convention, where it had been expected that McCain would announce American swimmer Michael Phelps as his running mate before news leaked about Sarah Palin. However, political pundits wonder if highlighting underage foreign girls is the best move for the presumptive GOP nominee.
"What's he gonna do next, hand out bumper stickers or buttons or t-shirts emblazoned with some nice lead paint?" asked CAP News political analyst Fuad Reveiz. "Besides, by the time McCain comes on stage, isn't it just a little past those girls' bedtimes?"
Not so, said Coleman, thanks to the time difference. "Trust me, we've thought of everything," he added, noting that the Chinese gymnasts were chosen over their American counterparts for very specific reasons.
"Clearly they're Democrats," Coleman admonished. "Look at all the whining and crying and complaining when the judging didn't go their way at the Olympics, while those Chinese girls handled everything with grace and dignity.
"Hello, Al Gore 2000, anyone?" Coleman added with a chuckle.
For his part, John McCain is very excited to have the international superstars alongside him as he takes the next step in his improbably journey. "I have a special affinity for Asians," he told CAP News on the set of his upcoming MTV Cribs episode, "or slanties, as we used to call them in Hanoi."
Convention organizers said the plan is to have McCain walk off the stage with Kexin, the smaller of the two gymnasts, hoisted up on his shoulders while Yilin performs a quick floor routine for the adoring crowd.
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